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Project Information

Wood And Materials Used
Poplar, pocket screws, and paint
Tools Used
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This is a small book shelf for my wife. Made of poplar, it is about 30 inches high and 18 inches wide. The top and sides are dovetailed. The shelves are recessed on the ends into dados in the sides.

The back is 1/4-inch plywood, glued and nailed into rabbets in the top and sides. Pocket screws help hold the shelves and the kickplate in place.

Potentially weak areas in the kick plate are reinforced with dowels. The paint is butter-colored to match my wife's office decor.


I have to show off the dovetails:

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A nice simple design, well done on the dove tails.
 

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Looks great!
What tools and jigs did you use?
Hand plane to flatten one face and true one edge. Tablesaw to square opposite edge and miter sled to square ends. Thickness planer down to thickness. Dovetails were cut by hand. Pocket holes on underside of bottom and middle shelves.
 

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Nice job! I'd show off the dovetails too. Looks great.
 

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That is nice clean looking book case. Nice joinery... too bad is does not show in the final product.

Cheers, Jim
 

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Very well done, and like Jim I agree at the tragedy of the paint hiding the joinery.
 

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Very well done, and like Jim I agree at the tragedy of the paint hiding the joinery.
I understand the comments about hiding the joinery with paint. Unfortunately poplar is uglier than dovetails are pretty, and, most importantly, the "customer" wanted it painted. 😊
 

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I hear you on the customer, getting what they want. I am probably in the minority, but I actually like the look of poplar, after it ages a year or more I think it looks great.
 
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